Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Exciting News: Fake Goods Now 2.5% of World Trade

This exciting tidbit just in:
Counterfeited and pirated goods accounted for up to 2.5 per cent of world trade, or as much as $461-billion, 
But the the article goes off into delusional land:
significantly damaging companies and state coffers, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Monday.
What?  How?  How do companies suffer when some else sells something to people said company would never serve?  That makes no sense at all.  And people selling "fake" goods can no more escape taxes when they buy food, fill up a gas tank, pay rent, etc, than people who sell originals.

What are the authors of this article thinking?  Why does mainstream media try to make good news into a bad thing?

People who sell fake goods run all of the risks and have as much time and expense in doing their business as the originals do running theirs.  The people selling fakes serve people who could never buy originals, nor would the original folks ever sell to the people buying fakes. The only difference between the two is the rest of us have to pay for putting the people selling fakes into prison.  Why can't the people selling originals pay for that themselves?  Why do the rest of us have to pay for it?

IPR regimes are so anti-human.

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